Missing Person Investigation Turns to Recovery Operation

Port Hardy, Port Alice

2016-04-05 11:06 PDT

File # 2016-92

On April 4th, 2016 just after 2PM, Port Alice and Port Hardy RCMP were dispatched to a remote logging road, approximately 1.5 hours outside of Port Alice, for a report of vehicle down a steep embankment. 

The steep decline and terrain made it impossible for investigators to get to the vehicle, and ascertain whether there was anyone inside. After several hours, and with the assistance of the Campbell River Search and Rescue, and using machinery volunteered by the LeMare Logging Company, responders were able to extract the vehicle up the hill to the roadway.

Late last evening, Port Alice RCMP confirmed, the vehicle was that of Marc Regimbal, the 62 year old male, reported missing from Port Alice. His body was located inside.

The investigation into this fatal motor vehicle collision is ongoing, in partnership with a traffic collision analyst, from North Island Traffic Services, as well as the BC Coroners Service. An autopsy is expected later this week, to assist in determining cause of death.

Staff Sergeant Gord Brownridge states, I would like to extend my personal gratitude to the employees and owner at LeMare Logging Company and the Campbell River SAR. We would not have been able to extricate the vehicle, and subsequently locate the missing person, had it not been for the LeMare Logging, providing equipment, and voluntarily shutting down operations which were instrumental in the recovery, and the Campbell River SAR with their expertise in complex operations, such as these.

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